Language Arts A (8th Grade)
(51) English Language and Literature
(036) Language Arts (grade 8)
(G) General or Regular
7th Grade English
This is the first course in a two-course sequence. Who am I? How do I fit into the world? How do I make sense of these changing times? This course will answer those questions and many more! In this course, students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills as they explore and enjoy a variety of materials (novels, short stories, poetry, biographies, articles, drama, essays and media). In addition, the course focuses on effective communication strategies that students need in order to succeed in this changing and challenging society. Students will explore the theme of "The American Quest: Past, Present and Future" while developing reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills through a variety of materials (novels, short stories, poetry, biographies, articles, drama, essays and media).
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to each of the following:
    •    Demonstrate understanding and use of appropriate and effective vocabulary
    •    Demonstrate understanding of the ways that history, culture, and setting influence language
    •    Apply reference and study skills for a variety of purposes.
Module 1 Topics:
    •    Staying on pace
    •    Meeting classmates
    •    Organizing notebook
    •    Preparing for class

Module 2 Topics:
    •    Free-writing
    •    Reading skills (poetry, prose, nonfiction, songs)
    •    Interviewing skills
    •    Vocabulary development

Module 3 Topics:
    •    Reading and analyzing a novel
    •    Pre-reading strategies
    •    Summary writing
    •    Story elements (character, plot, setting, point of view, theme)

Module 4 Topics:
    •    Essay structure
    •    Writing process(brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing)
    •    Writing introductions
    •    Writing the body of the essay (specific details)
    •    Writing conclusions

Students are expected to supply each of the following:
    •    Plenty of paper for computer printing
    •    One 2-inch, 3-ring binder, preferably the kind that has a plastic covering in which you can insert a cover sheet
    •    One 3-hole punch
    •    One set of subject separators or tabs for your notebook
    •    One flash drive for saving your work or create a folder on your hard drive to save your assignments
    •    One novel for use in Module 3. You may choose from the following titles:  The Giver, The Outsiders, The Old Man and the Sea, The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963,  Out of the Dust, or The Last Book in the Universe

Michigan Virtual School does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your local school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Here is a breakdown of assignments:
  • Essays
  • Several short writing assignments
  • Graphic organizers and charts
  • Discussion board postings
  • Short personal responses
  • Quizzes
Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.
Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:
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Students can use chat, email or private message system within the course to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance.
In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by MVS. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the MVU Help Desk by email at or by phone at (888) 889-2840.
Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.
No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.
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